Spooky Crème Caramels

Spooky Crème Caramels Recipe
Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller


8 Servings

Cost per Serving:


Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 50 Minutes
Chill: 8 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 331
Fat 8 g
Satfat 4 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrate 60 g
Fiber 0 g
Cholesterol 145 mg
Sodium 113 mg


2 cups sugar
3 cups milk
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°F. In a pan mix 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/3 cup water. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Raise heat to medium-high; cook for 15 minutes, until mixture turns deep amber, swirling pan every few minutes. Divide caramel between 8 6-oz. ramekins.

Warm milk over medium heat until it simmers. Whisk 1/2 cup sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla in a bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly pour in hot milk. Strain, then pour mixture into ramekins over caramel.

Place ramekins in a large baking dish. Pour in hot water until it's halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until set, 50 minutes. Remove ramekins to a rack to cool. Cover each with plastic; chill for 8 hours.

Melt chocolate; cool to room temperature. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, draw 8 circles as wide as ramekin bottoms. Turn parchment over. Pour chocolate into a ziplock bag; seal it and snip off a corner. In each circle pipe 5 circles and 8 spokes. Refrigerate to set.

Draw a knife around inside edge of ramekin; invert crème caramel onto a plate. Gently lift a web and place on top of custard. Repeat with remaining custards and serve.

September 2008
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